Ransomware and breaches in healthcare has been prominent this year and shows no sign of slowing down.
Since Paubox specializes in cybersecurity and HIPAA, the knowledge that I gained from this talk was insightful and valuable. The takeaways that I got are:
Room for Improvement
- Healthcare is the perfect storm for breaches and ransomware due to data being more widely available, healthcare system being intolerant to disruption, health data being much more valuable, and the lagging of security.
- Most healthcare organizations do not use cyber security as a differentiator
- There is a huge variance in the level of readiness (average is only 59%) for ransomware and breaches.
- Healthcare as a whole is not up to par with the following capabilities: user training, endpoint encryption, threat intelligence and security incident response.
- Top 2 concerns for healthcare IT were ransomware and cybercrime hacking.
High Cost of Ransomware
- Healthcare has the highest data breach cost per capita, cost $1.6 billion per year, more than half of hospitals hit with ransomware last year!
- I.D. protection does nothing
How Improvements Can Be Made
- A good security plan should cover the values of HIMSS Health IT values: satisfaction, electronic secure data, and savings.
- Setting a high benchmark, being data driven, and sharing that data are keys to improvements.
This talk showed me that overall, healthcare has a tough challenge when it comes to cybersecurity. Regardless, due to demands of improved optimization and a user base that is pushing for more innovative technology, healthcare must step up.